Ap­peal to fam­i­lies with glau­coma

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen Spec­savers are en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents whose fam­ily have a his­tory of glau­coma to book an eye test.

Re­search shows that close rel­a­tives of glau­coma suf­fer­ers are up to four times more likely to de­velop the sight-threat­en­ing con­di­tion than those with­out a fam­ily his­tory of the dis­ease.

This week is Na­tional Glau­coma Aware­ness Week (June 6-12), and the store used the oc­ca­sion to make sure peo­ple get tested.

Op­tometrists can de­tect signs of glau­coma, one of the lead­ing causes of pre­ventable sight loss in the UK, by car­ry­ing out three sim­ple tests - ob­serv­ing the main nerve in the eye, mea­sur­ing the pres­sure in the eye (puff test) and check­ing pe­riph­eral vi­sion.

These checks are in­cluded a part of the com­pre­hen­sive stan­dard eye ex­am­i­na­tion for pa­tients as ap­pro­pri­ate.

Ev­ery­body in Scot­land is en­ti­tled to free eye tests through NHS Scot­land.

Peter Beaton, store di­rec­tor at Spec­savers in Ruther­glen, said:“An es­ti­mated 600,000 peo­ple in the UK have glau­coma, but at least half haven’t been di­ag­nosed. Many are un­aware that glau­coma can be hered­i­tary and signs go un­no­ticed, es­pe­cially in the early stages when there are of­ten no symp­toms.

“Early de­tec­tion means the con­di­tion can be mon­i­tored and fu­ture dam­age to vi­sion min­imised, which is why we’re ask­ing ev­ery­one to make sure they have their eyes tested.”

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